Salem, Illinois

Birthplace of William Jennings Bryan
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City in and the county seat of Marion County, Illinois, United States.

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William Jennings Bryan

American lawyer, orator and politician.

American lawyer, orator and politician.

Bryan's birthplace in Salem, Illinois
Attorney Mary Baird Bryan, the wife of William Jennings Bryan
A young Bryan
"UNITED SNAKES OF AMERICA" "IN BRYAN WE TRUST" political satire token of 1896, known as "Bryan Money"
Bryan campaigning for president, October 1896
1896 electoral vote results
The United States and its colonial possessions after the Spanish–American War
Conservatives in 1900 ridiculed Bryan's eclectic platform.
1900 electoral vote results
William J Bryan in 1906 as Moses with new 10 commandments; Puck 19 sept 1906 by Joseph Keppler. Tablet reads: l-Thou shalt have no other leaders before me. II—Thou shalt not make unto thyself any high Protective Tariff. Ill—Eight hours, and no more, shalt thou labor and do all thy work. IV—Thou shalt not graft. V—Thou shalt not elect thy Senators save by Popular Vote. VI—Thou shalt not grant rebates unto thy neighbor. VII—Thou shalt not make combinations in restraint of trade. VIII—Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's income, but shall make him pay a tax upon it. IX—There shall be no more government by injunction. X—Remember Election Day to vote it early. P.S.— When in doubt, ask Me.
Bryan speaking at the 1908 Democratic National Convention
Presidential Campaign button for Bryan
1908 electoral vote results
Bryan attending the 1912 Democratic National Convention
Bryan served as Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson
Cartoon of Secretary of State Bryan reading war news in 1914
Villa Serena, Bryan's home built in 1913 at Miami, Florida
Charles W. and William J. Bryan
At the Scopes Trial, William Jennings Bryan (seated, left) being questioned by Clarence Darrow (standing, right).
Statue of Bryan on the lawn of the Rhea County courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee

William Jennings Bryan was born in Salem, Illinois on March 19, 1860, to Silas Lillard Bryan and Mariah Elizabeth (Jennings) Bryan.

George Grantham Bain Collection ca. 1920–1925

Charles W. Bryan

American businessman and politician who served as the 20th and 23rd Governor of Nebraska, and Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska, and was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1924.

American businessman and politician who served as the 20th and 23rd Governor of Nebraska, and Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska, and was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1924.

George Grantham Bain Collection ca. 1920–1925
Charles W. Bryan at left; William Jennings Bryan at right.

Charles Wayland Bryan was born in Salem, Illinois on February 10, 1867, to Silas Lillard Bryan and Mariah Elizabeth (Jennings) Bryan.

Jim Finks

American football and Canadian football player, coach, and executive.

American football and Canadian football player, coach, and executive.

Finks was born in St. Louis, Missouri, attended high school in Salem, Illinois, and attended college at the University of Tulsa.

Scopes in 1925

John T. Scopes

Teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, who was charged on May 5, 1925 with violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of human evolution in Tennessee schools.

Teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, who was charged on May 5, 1925 with violating Tennessee's Butler Act, which prohibited the teaching of human evolution in Tennessee schools.

Scopes in 1925
c. 1925

In 1917, he moved to Salem, Illinois, where he was a member of the class of 1919 at Salem High School.

Marion County at the time of its creation in 1823

Marion County, Illinois

County located in the U.S. state of Illinois.

County located in the U.S. state of Illinois.

Marion County at the time of its creation in 1823

Its county seat is Salem.

English commentators Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson

Merle Harmon

American sportscaster who was the play-by-play voice for five Major League Baseball teams, two teams in the American Football League and the World Football League's nationally syndicated telecaster.

American sportscaster who was the play-by-play voice for five Major League Baseball teams, two teams in the American Football League and the World Football League's nationally syndicated telecaster.

English commentators Eddie Hemmings and Mike Stephenson

Born and raised in Salem, Illinois, Harmon served with the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

Rockette Morton on stage at the Zanzibar Club in Liverpool. September 29, 2012

Rockette Morton

Rockette Morton on stage at the Zanzibar Club in Liverpool. September 29, 2012
Rockette Morton and Denny Walley AKA Feelers Rebo at The Fleece, Bristol, in 2013

Rockette Morton (born Mark Boston; July 14, 1949 in Salem, Illinois) is an American musician, best known as a bassist and guitarist for Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band in the 1960s and 1970s.

Miracle Whip

Sauce condiment manufactured by Kraft Heinz and sold throughout the United States and Canada.

Sauce condiment manufactured by Kraft Heinz and sold throughout the United States and Canada.

1948 advertisement

Another story claims that Miracle Whip was invented in Salem, Illinois, at Max Crosset's Cafe, where it was called "Max Crossett's X-tra Fine Salad Dressing", and that Crosset sold it to Kraft Foods in 1931 for $300.

Jim Bredar

NCAA All-American basketball player at the University of Illinois during a career that spanned from 1949 to 1953, and then was drafted by the Ft. Wayne Pistons of the National Basketball Association in the 1953 draft

NCAA All-American basketball player at the University of Illinois during a career that spanned from 1949 to 1953, and then was drafted by the Ft. Wayne Pistons of the National Basketball Association in the 1953 draft

A native of Salem, Illinois, Bredar attended Salem Community High School from 1945–46 to 1948–49.

Front of the house

William Jennings Bryan Boyhood Home

Front of the house

The William Jennings Bryan Boyhood Home is a historic house located at 408 S. Broadway in Salem, Illinois.